In 2004, Ron and Fran Haygood were teaching school in their multiethnic, working-class community of Anniston, Alabama. Schoolteachers, churchgoers and parents of two boys ages 3 and under.
Gradually, though, they became disenchanted with their church’s lack of commitment to discipleship and outreach. Rather than simply switch churches, Ron became aware of a tug on his heart: to live more on-mission with God in partnership with other believers in planting a new church.
Without an additional source of funding, Ron knew that they would need to keep their jobs while church planting. Although anxious about the risks, Fran agreed. Unfortunately, that first church faded. As did a second one, four years later. But the call did not fade—instead, it persisted as a gentle, constant drive in Ron’s heart.
By 2010, Ron owned his own insurance business and Fran was working as an elementary-school counselor when they decided to try church planting one more time. Wiser from past efforts—and with older children who didn’t require the level of attention they had needed as babies—Ron and Fran believed that the time was right. A church plant in a working-class neighborhood still wouldn’t be able to pay them much, so they again chose to keep their jobs and go the bivocational route.